These elderly patrons paid their bills, didn't trash their rooms and, to a person, were breathlessly enthralled with the mountains, weather, scenery, and everything else about the beautiful mountain town of Ouray, Colorado.
Or why they were here in the first place, as they expressed zero interest in the beauty of the area; Ouray's main attraction.
Wild flowers had become a hobby of Cynthia's since coming to Ouray County.
At least he was tie-less, a concession to "the sticks," as he called Ouray.
He was the most talented player the small Ouray school had produced in years.
"August is only the primary," Dean answered, but they both knew in the near one-party County of Ouray, that was tantamount to the final election.
Unshaven may be cool in Hollywood but in Ouray, you'd just look like a bum.
Caleb—Dean couldn't recall his last name—and his family had been guests in Ouray early in June.
But his attire was forgotten as soon as the quartet entered the Buen Tiempo, Ouray's popular Mexican restaurant.
The Buen was nearly full, but as the season crept toward the Fourth of July and the heart of summer, finding a dinner seat anywhere in Ouray would often require patience.
"I bought it at Ouray Toys yesterday," Fred said.
Dean felt equally acrimonious toward the overbearing state official whom he hadn't seen since the winter and who, in Dean's mind, had no business being back in Ouray.
Restoring law and order to Ouray County.
"Smokey Joe Wood was from Ouray," Fred said, changing the subject as Joseph scowled at his wife.
Ouray County doesn't have a farm vote.
He lived right here in Ouray.
Neither baseball nor football was available at the small Ouray High School.
Grew up in Ouray as a kid.
He doesn't even live in Ouray.
And tell me this: how do you conveniently come up with a full skeleton in little Ouray, Colorado over a forty-eight-hour weekend?
I drove the trip for fifteen years, when I started coming back to Ouray again.
He said in a small town like Ouray, it was an exception when the jury didn't know half the parties in his court.
Finding another Dawkins in one of Ouray's dozen or two lodging places shouldn't be much trouble for an ace detective-almost sheriff.
As Dean rolled his Jeep down the main street of Ouray, he caught sight of a familiar figure with a rounded haircut.
After the requisite comments on the beauties of Ouray and the surrounding mountains, Faust explained he was from California, here on business—for a short stay, he added.
Before leaving the Beaumont, he looked at the recently published Ouray phone book.
At least you live here in Ouray and have a business, even if Bird Song is only a year old.
His old man was a miner and lived in Ouray when Fitzgerald was a kid—a snot-nosed bully, I suspect.
How many prop skeletons could there be in the small town of Ouray?
They'd delayed in Ouray just long enough to attend the auction and planned to leave immediately afterward for their next stop, the Grand Canyon.
Fred said Fitzgerald lived here in Ouray and his father was a miner.
He should be in the know about what's going on with Ouray's young people.
That's one of the reasons I like Ouray.
'Reward for information leading to Josh, last name unknown, worked around Ouray this past year as a miner, foreman, or manager.
The Ouray Rescue Squad held an annual fund raising breakfast each Fourth of July, enabling the Deans to share an early meal of eggs, sausage, and fixings in the company of friends and neighbors.
Cynthia had volunteered a couple of hours selling tickets for the Ouray Chamber's Jeep raffle.
By the time he was successful, he was nearly to the park, south of Ouray's hot spring pool.
I don't know how it came up—maybe he asked where I was born—but when I told him, he said how he knew Ouray and loved it out here.
So why the stink over the Ouray land?
Ouray was Paul's dream.
Ouray was going to be our place together.
The entire town wouldn't have been more excited if the New Year's Rose Parade had come to little Ouray.
While the walk was less than a half-mile, Ouray's 7,800-foot elevation and the uphill rise caused Dean to quicken his breathing—one more reminder to get in shape.
After they married, they never visited Ouray, only fantasized about it.
Jennifer Radisson had changed to jeans and a sweatshirt advertising Ouray, and carried a day pack slung over her shoulder.
After a switchback, they crossed the bridge over a deep gorge, the location of Ouray's now-melted ice climbing park where David Dean had almost lost his life the prior winter.
Jennifer would remain in Ouray for at least another week, so she elicited a promise for a later dinner date.
He glanced at his watch and realized it would be dark before he reached Ouray.
His sole venture at the end of a rope was the prior winter in Ouray's ice climbing park, under even more tenuous circumstances.
Fitzgerald listed a college degree, birth in Ouray, and nineteen years in law enforcement, the last eleven in administrative duty.
His connections in Denver would get Ouray the attention it deserved.
"There is no doubt in my mind," Dean continued, "that underage drinking is a major problem here in Ouray.
He grew up in Ouray.
The town of Ouray rests at the boxed-in end of the narrowing Uncompahgre Valley, which spreads from the towering San Juan Mountains in roughly a northwest direction, dropping elevation as the valley gradually widens.
I might need a little of that as well, but mostly I'm trying to track down a guy named Josh who worked in mining in Ouray back in the 1960's.
He was around Ouray for ten years or so.
It was obvious to Dean that nothing in Ouray went unobserved.
Or did he come back to Ouray and do something about it?
I forgot all about Firestone being in Ouray.
Roger rose and went to the front of Diversions and returned with one of Ouray's many history books.
After all, Jennifer was born in Ouray and was connected to the disputed land.
But he wasn't even in Ouray between the early 1940's, when he was a child visiting summers, and 1980, when he started coming back after his brother died.
And while he isn't sure exactly where it was staged, there's a possibility he might have been in the same theatrical company that played Ouray, went broke and left their gear in storage.
The retiring sheriff was still officially connected to Ouray County law enforcement.
Dean was directed to spend all available weekend time on a door to door smiling and handshaking crusade, the first of many Fred had mapped out for his full-court press for making David Dean the sheriff of Ouray County, Colorado.
While Pumpkin Green was not at this week's mass, or probably any other service within miles of Ouray, Billy Langstrom's partner in love Melissa attended.
"My people tell me all the little girl talked about was Ouray and you folks," Groucho said, "so I figured she and her old lady were coming this way."
There was a chill in the early day air as Dean drove the topless Jeep north through town as Ouray was waking up.
When Dean returned to Bird Song, it was mid-morning, but if he expected a quiet empty building with the Dawkinses at the courthouse and the rest of the clientele enjoying the splendors of Ouray, he was wrong.
It was a shock for David Dean to see Fred O'Connor sitting on a wooden stool behind bars at the Ouray County jail.
Paul felt responsible for Josh's quick exit and when Ed talked about leaving Ouray with his family, Paul arranged for the Plotkes to come to California.
He claimed that he had left Ouray "for business reasons" and had no idea Edith was pregnant.
Even his many years absence from visiting Ouray no longer eliminated him as a suspect now that the age of the bones was uncertain.
After much discussion, they agreed on the wording: I understand you have an interest in the Lucky Pup mine in Ouray County, Colorado and may be anxious about what was found therein.
You've been coming to Ouray for twenty years.
Aunt Helen came back to Ouray that weekend and of course Uncle Blackie was missing.
It was Brandon who kept coming back to Ouray year after year when you'd think the loathsome thing that happened here would cause him to despise the place.
The wedding took place the Sunday before the election for Ouray County Sheriff.
He accepted her offer and thus became Under Sheriff of Ouray County, Colorado.
One hundred years ago the stream was damned by the Ouray Electric Power and Light Company.
The town of Ouray, while only a century and a quarter old, was rich in history and Fred O'Connor, together with a cadre of widows with similar interests, spent many hours reading Ouray's old newspapers and written accounts.
The box, advertised as containing Ouray, Colorado correspondence from the last century and "other items of local interest," was offered via the Internet at three hundred dollars.
The letters, eleven in all, were not from Ouray, but to a Ouray minister's wife, from her sister, a Boston matron.
The correspondence was stiff and formal and said little, certainly nothing about the town of Ouray and was totally absent any tidbits of historical nature.
Ouray County was perfect for invigorating outdoor activity, with its crystal clear air and dry, windless temperatures just below freezing.
And the Ouray County scenery, regardless of the season, always provided a spectacular backdrop to any enterprise.
He extended his hand, introducing himself and swinging into a cheery speech about the visual pleasures of wintertime in Ouray.
While the Ouray winters were far less severe that one might think, they did have a way of wearing out their welcome, like company that won't go home.
The Ouray skating rink was located on the north side of town, snuggled beneath the shade of a canyon wall to the east.
What did you tell them to get them so excited they want to travel all the way to Ouray Colorado and Bird Song?
They just suspected she might have lived here, Ouray being a small town and all.
In the eighteen-nineties Ouray had three thousand people living in town, three or four times as many as today.
The other houseguests had left earlier and separately after asking directions to one of the few winter restaurants that remained open in Ouray.
Just think, great-grand-nieces of the woman who wrote these here letters to Ouray a hundred years ago.
Too bad we don't have the Ouray woman's side of this correspondence.
Ouray wasn't that small a town.
I'd guess she was real content here in Ouray.
The town of Ouray was so oblivious to these frequent winter gifts from Mother Nature that snow caused not a hitch in the local activities.
And, if practice makes perfect, Ouray, blessed with a beautiful but long winter season, gave its citizens ample opportunity to do just that.
The unemployment rate in Ouray was one-point-four.
Metal roofs, designed to slip the snow, were a common sight in Ouray.
Bird Song is in the city of Ouray, not my jurisdiction.
The village of Ouray lay snuggled at the terminus of a long valley, wrapped in a box canyon by the towering San Juans to the east, west and south.
The Deans agreed it was never prettier in Ouray County than after a fresh snow.
Eight miles from Ouray, but still four miles from the summit of Red Mountain Pass, the road leveled out.
"He must have driven south, away from Ouray," Cynthia mused.
I'll bet I hit the nail on the head when I said she was in Ouray to meet some guy.
Fred and his juvenile helpers had located a picture of Reverend Martin and his wife in an old museum collection of early Ouray papers and photos.
Once again, the mysterious notebook took a back seat to the more pedestrian happenings at the Ouray inn.
Did any of her letters from Ouray survive?
"That book of your brother's ought to be a big seller here in Ouray," Fred said.
He called the local sheriff in Ouray and said he plans to come out and haul his 'mentally stressed wife' back East with him.
I spoke with her on the phone around Christmas and mentioned I was coming to Ouray for some ice climbing.
The distance between Ouray and Telluride was less than twenty miles, on a map, or as the eagle soars, when he feels like a thrill.
The rest of the one hour trip to Ouray was driven in silence.
I might make 'em a copy, but the original stays in Ouray.
He must have either seen us leave Ouray with skis or followed us over there.
Dean considered calling the City of Ouray Police but realized they too could be of little help unless Shipton did something against the law.
Ouray, he told them, was unique in the world.
Enforcement of all rules will apply appropriately by the Ouray County Sheriff, the Ouray Police or by any board member of the Ouray Ice Park, Inc.
Ouray Ice Park, Inc. is a non-profit corporation and runs exclusively on the donations of sponsor members.
When you read the old newspapers and see the ads, you realize how self-contained Ouray was back then.
My monthly condition excuses me from duties today so I donned my finest dress and strolled the streets of Ouray like the lady that was once Annie Quincy.
The last century Ouray sold flesh, this century it's tee shirts.
You can't read about prostitution in Ouray without coming across the name Vanoli.
The WCTU and Anti-Saloon League were active and the churches sure didn't like the kind of business going on in Ouray.
While the independent woman had only been to Ouray once in the six months the Deans had been married, she and her son-in-law got along spectacularly.
She did attempt to engage an uninterested climber in a conversation about her Great-aunt Annie being one of the founders of the Ouray Woman's Club, back in 1897 and how she helped form the Ouray Library, with her friend, the famous millionaire, of Hope Diamond fame, Tom Walsh.
A typical year saw four hundred inches of snow fall atop Red Mountain, a hundred and seventy-five inches in Ouray, and perhaps a foot in Montrose, all within fifty miles.
When they reached the airport it was snowing heavily, but the accumulation here was far less than in Ouray.
The long ride back to Ouray reminded Dean of another trip after dropping Cynthia at the airport.
She had visited him in Ouray, nearly a year and a half before, while he was recuperating from a gunshot wound.
They both loved Ouray, the Colorado mountains and hosting the guests of Bird Song, at least most of them.
Now, six months later, in spite of the windshield pockmarked from the gravel roads of Ouray County, it felt like an old friend.
The flakes were not large, but unlike most gentle Ouray snow storms, they didn't drift to the ground like tiny dust motes.
I was on the scene of Shipton's swan dive with Mountain Rescue but it happened inside the city line so it's the City of Ouray's territory.
It began with the digits 3-2-5, indicative of a Ouray number.
As Dean and his stepfather neared the bridge, they looked up to see a uniformed City of Ouray police man pointing at him.
But I've got to tell you, it looks pretty funny to see this many suits and uniforms in Ouray on the same day.
We're here at the invitation of the Ouray Police Department, Fitzgerald said, not even attempting to hide the chill in his voice.
She chose Ouray, at least according to Ryland, because he was her son's father and he was coming here to ice climb.
Shipton wasn't even in Ouray yet so no one could have been planning to use it to kill him.
It was a signature day in Ouray, better than the best of the area's finest painted or photographed images with the sky so blue, the pines so green and the snow so white, you couldn't paint truer colors with an art store's inventory.
Just as he neared the intersection, Dean recognized Corday and Fitzgerald driving toward Ouray.
In years long gone it was the rail bed for the line that ran to terminus in Ouray and now a favorite path for bikers.
As he peddled the road to Ouray, he tried to formulate a scenario of Shipton's ice park fall that made sense.
We can leave Ouray, leave your wife behind.
They began the drive back to Ouray with Cynthia snuggled against him.
When they arrived in Ouray there was a mutual understanding all that lay between them had not been discussed.
Long before she came to Ouray, I guess.
Janet and Ouray were but a stop on the bumpy road to nowhere.
During the two weeks there was a Mexican dinner at the Catholic church, a couple of movies, three evenings at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool and even a day of downhill skiing at Telluride.
He was concentrating on the roadway, miles from Ouray, when Franny Mulligan passed him, slammed on her brakes, and waved him back to where she parked.
Shipton is in Ouray?
Dean was several miles north of Ridgway, fifteen miles from Ouray.
For instance, I don't think it was a mistake that her husband followed her to Ouray as easily as it seemed.
So you think Shipton came out here to Ouray with the intention of killing his wife?
Years from now, when he was comfortably ensconced in his Ouray, Colorado bed and breakfast, he'd often look back on this day as the turning point in his life, but for now it was only the start of yet another five work days.
Do you know where Ouray, Colorado is?
You wouldn't believe this little town, Ouray.
This isn't San Francisco; it's Ouray, Colorado.
David and Cynthia Dean, now husband and wife, and owners of Bird Song, a bed and breakfast in Ouray, Colorado, were seated in the Tundra Room of the recently restored Beaumont Hotel.
Sneffels (14,158, Hayden), Ouray county, and Uncompahgre Peak (14,289), Hinsdale county, the San Miguel and Uncompahgre ranges, which are actually parts of the San Juan.
Ouray (13,956 ft.), in Chaffee county, may be taken as the southern end, and in Eagle county, the splendid Mount of the Holy Cross (1 4, 170) - so named from the figure of its snow-filled ravines - as the northern.
Among the higher passes are Hoosier Pass (10,309 ft.) in the Park Range, and Hayden Divide (10,780) and Veta Pass (9390), both of these across the Sangre de Cristo range; the crossing of the San Miguel chain at Lizard Head Pass (10,250) near Rico; of the Uncompahgre at Dallas Divide (8977) near Ouray; of the Elk and Sawatch ranges at Fremont (11,320), Tennessee (10,229), and Breckenridge (11,470) passes, and the Busk Tunnel, all near Leadville; and Marshall Pass (10,846) above Salida.
Perhaps finer than these for their wide-horizoned outlooks and grand surroundings are the Alpine Tunnel under the continental divide of the Lower Sawatch chain, the scenery of the tortuous line along the southern boundary in the Conejos and San Juan mountains, which are crossed at Cumbres (10,003 ft.), and the magnificent scenery about Ouray and on the Silverton railway over the shoulder of Red Mountain (attaining 11,235 ft.).
The most important are at Buena Vista, Ouray, Wagon Wheel Gap, Poncha or Poncho Springs (90°-185° F.), Canyon City, Manitou,.
Martha remained in bed, unusual for her but understandable, as this was her last full day in Ouray.
Cynthia took advantage of their infrequent occasions of dinning out to dress more than Ouray required, simply because it was one of few opportunities for her to do so.
Calebâ€”Dean couldn't recall his last nameâ€”and his family had been guests in Ouray early in June.
Like many of Ouray's Victorian buildings, it had previously housed a variety of mercantile businessesâ€”a dry goods establishment, a drug storeâ€” during the times the town was a thriving, self-sustained community.
After a quick lunchâ€”salad, no friesâ€”and a stop for gas and a few groceries to further justify the trip, he began the forty-five minute drive back to Ouray.
After the requisite comments on the beauties of Ouray and the surrounding mountains, Faust explained he was from California, here on businessâ€”for a short stay, he added.
His old man was a miner and lived in Ouray when Fitzgerald was a kidâ€”a snot-nosed bully, I suspect.
Even bucolic Ouray, the quintessential small town, wasn't immune to the darker side of the rock-strewn hike through puberty.
I don't know how it came upâ€”maybe he asked where I was bornâ€”but when I told him, he said how he knew Ouray and loved it out here.
While the walk was less than a half-mile, Ouray's 7,800-foot elevation and the uphill rise caused Dean to quicken his breathingâ€”one more reminder to get in shape.
Like a small cadre of the like-minded Ouray citizens, she was enthusiastically active on a dozen local boards and charities.
In spite of Ouray's isolation, the world was getting smaller, he said, and with growth came the import of the same problems plaguing the rest of the country.
"Ouray is blessed with far less violent crime than plagues much of the balance of the country and I hope to keep it that way," he said in ending.
Each year hundreds of hearty souls race from Ouray at 7,800 feet, on paths and Jeep roads, over loose rock and boulders, more than 17 miles to Telluride at 8,100 feet, via the 13,120 foot summit of Imogene Pass.
He half expected a bevy of uniforms to break down his door before the sun peeked over the amphitheater east of Ouray, signaling another day.
I had to change buses, but the last guy dropped me off right here in Ouray at the Variety store!
Then, with a hint of pride added, I'm going to stick around Ouray and give Mrs. Langstrom a hand.
In recent years, the town of Ouray had attained international acclaim for its ice climbing park, located on the southern edge of the tiny town.
Lately, Fred had expanded his electronic rummage sale, advertising himself as a local resource for anyone seeking ancestral information in Ouray County.
When the Deans first arrived in Ouray, they weren't sure how they'd adapt to the long winters but when the first serious snow blanketed the western Colorado Mountains in early December they took up winter sports with the enthusiasm of children.
Effie Quincy, close behind, burst forth with an animated editorial on the splendors of, Bird Song, Ouray, the sunny weather and life in general.
Mick asked about the weather forecast and Fred responded that in Ouray, any prognostication was speculative and definitely regionalâ€”for real accuracy, one looked out the window or guessed.
Records were nearly non-existent but the kindness of the Ouray school personnel allowed Martha's attendance until matters were straightened out.
The trip from hospital to Ouray excluded any mention of the earlier happenings as Dean's health took precedence but now that wellness was established, it was open season.
Marion Anderson, his lieutenant's wife, had offered use of her recently acquired place in Ouray, Colorado, a small town just two hours to the north, but Dean had declined.
The most important are at Buena Vista, Ouray, Wagon Wheel Gap, Poncha or Poncho Springs (90Ã‚°-185Ã‚° F.), Canyon City, Manitou,.
Box 801; Ouray, CO 81427;(970) 325-0565;(800) 315-0565 - This Victorian Inn, set in scenic Ouray, often called the "Switzerland of America," features sweeping views of the nearby mountains.
Ouray - One of the longest-running annual Jamboree events, the Ouray, Colorado Jamboree was held for the 23rd year in 2010.
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